MERCERVILLE, Ohio — No shortage of offense here.
The Rebels and Lancers combined to score 13 times Friday night as the South Gallia football team cruised to a 57-34 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup, in Gallia County.
The Rebels (4-2, 3-2 TVC Hocking) struck first as Jacob White punched in from one yard out and, after the Landon Hutchinson pass to Ethan Spurlock for two points, put South Gallia on top 8-0 at the 5:38 mark of the first quarter.
Federal Hocking (3-3, 2-2) senior Delbert Crum returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to paydirt but the two point conversion pass failed and SGHS still held a 8-6 lead. After forcing a fumble on South Gallia’s first play from scrimmage, Alfie Nichols hit Devin Maxey with a 29 yard pass for six points, putting Federal Hocking on top at the end of the first quarter.
Just 2:11 into the second quarter Rebel quarterback Landon Hutchinson scrambled into the endzon from seven yards out to give SGHS the lead again. Hutchinson hit Michael Wheeler for the two point conversion and South Gallia led 16-12.
On Federal Hockings next drive Crum broke a 50 yard run for six points and, following the Peyton Seel two-point run, put the Lancers back on top 20-16. Seel got in on the action with just 45 second remaining until halftim with a 52 yard touchdown reception from Nichols. The two-point try failed but FHHS led 26-16.
The Lancers perhaps left too much time on the clock for South Gallia, as the Rebels cut the lead to two points on a 42 yard touchdown pass from Landon Hutchinson to Spurlock and a two-point conversion pass from Hutchinson to Wheeler.
With momentum on their side the third quarter belonged to the Rebels. Jacob White scored three times in the quarter, on a five yard run, a 53 yard run and a 31 yard run, while Spurlock found the endzone on an 18 yard run. SGHS converted 1-of-4 two-point conversions, a Hutchinson pass to Spurlock, and the Rebels led 50-26 headed into the finale.
South Gallia tacked on one more score in the fourth quarter, a 91 yard run by Issiah Geiger and extra point kick by Landon Hutchinson, and the Rebels led 57-26 with four minutes remaining.
Federal Hocking found the endzone for the final time at the 2:19 mark of the fourth on a six yard Maxey run, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Nichols to Randy Lantz. With the game in hand SGHS turned to the victory formation and earned the 57-34 win.
The Rebels offense was led by Jacob White with 185 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries, and Ethan Spurlock with 134 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts. Geiger had 93 yards on two carries, Johnny Sheets ran twice for 23 yards, Landon Hutchinson had 12 carries for four yards, Devin Lucas had three yards on one carry, while Dakota Wroten had four carries for one yard.
Landon Hutchinson was 2-of-6 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown. Kane Hutchinson had one catch for 43 yards, while Spurlock had one grab for 42 yards and a score.
The Lancers were led by Crum on the ground with 85 carries for 11 yards and a score, while Nichols was 14-of-21 passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Maxey led all receivers with 96 yards on five catches with two scores.
South Gallia held a 17-to-6 advantage in first downs in the game but was penalized seven times for 73 yards, whereas Federal Hocking was setback twice for 20 yards. Both teams fumbled four times, FHHS lost two, while SGHS lost three.
The home team has now won this series each of the last three games. This is the most points scored by a Rebels team since posting 62 in a 2011 victory over Belpre. The 91 combined points is the most in a South Gallia game since losing to Buffalo 61-35 in 2002.
The Rebels will hit the road next week to face Belpre; the Golden Eagles defeated Eastern 35-6 Friday night in Tuppers Plains.
Federal Hocking will travel to Wahama next week; the White Falcons defeated Southern 28-14 Friday night in Racine.